A new voice, aiming to contribute
PAUL Snelgrove, a bed and breakfast operator in the Daintree Village, said this week he is running for council.
Mr Snelgrove, a father of five and also working as a legal associate with Tonny Lausen in Mossman, has lived in Cairns northern beaches and moved to Daintree Village a year ago.
In his time he has been a building estimator and for a decade ran a retail store.
One of his interests is town planning. Why? “Well I’ve had a lot of experience in property over the years and I think it’s a thing of relevance to Port Douglas and the region, as well as preser- vation of the reef and tourism and farming, and all those things – they’re all important issues here.
“But so is development – sustainable and workable development.
“I’m a supporter of open, fair and accountable local government.
“I’m an independent and rather than being aligned I think you should be doing things for the community without a party political agenda.”
Mr Snelgrove pointed to the broadband situation north of Mossman as one of the issues that concerns him.
“Overseas people come here and they think we’re a third world country when we can’t get internet connection. We just have wi-fi in the village and across the river it’s even worse.
“The infrastructure is there, it’s a just a matter of political will. I think everybody should be lobbying and as a council I think we could do something about that.”
He sees the canefarmers as the salt of the earth “and they need to be protected as well.”
“Plus, for 10 years I was president of the Nautilus scuba club in Cairns, and I’m also a kayaker. I’m a founder of Reef Care Asia-Pacific which is a non-profit organisation that raises money to do research into the reef.
“I studied some marine biology at JCU. There’s a huge amount of work to be done out there.”
Paul Snelgrove of Daintree Village